The Catalyze team combines scientific excellence (PhD, Post-doc) with commercial experience. We employ talented, smart, responsible and ambitious professionals who are committed and passionate about our client services. We value strong teamwork and pride ourselves on maintaining a highly transparent and honest framework with client relationships.

Theodoor Rutgers

Theodoor Rutgers

Founder and Director

Theodoor, one of our co-founders, has raised €100 million in subsidies and grants and has been involved in the start-up of several early stage (life science) companies.

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Jalal Es-Sbai

Founder and Director

Jalal, one of our co-founders has raised €100 million in subsidies and grants and specializes in business development and financing strategies for innovative companies.

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Quirein te Roller

Commercial Director

Quirein is responsible for the Commercial Organization: Business Development, Marketing, Legal and the Strategic Funding unit. “Teamwork between all departments is key in achieving our objectives. Together with the consulting department, we are working hard to expand the loyal customer base and build the Catalyze Brand worldwide”.

Marlene Vegh

Marlene Végh, PhD

Consultancy Director

As Consultancy Director, Marlene is responsible for the whole consultancy organization, to drive and execute business operations strategies, plans and procedures and to set strategic goals that promote operational efficiency and company growth.

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Peter Schoevers

Founder & Chairman

Co-founder Peter worked for Solvay Pharmaceuticals for 10 years in international management positions in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and Japan.

Kirsten van Bentem

Kirsten van Benthem

Commercial Manager

Kirsten van Benthem is the Commercial Manager at Catalyze. She uses her experience and expertise in Pharma and FMCG in order to manage various types of departments.

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Josta Kevenaar, PhD

Consultancy Manager - Life Sciences

Josta is responsible for the consultancy operations and strategy within the Life Sciences & Health Department. In her role, she develops and carries out strategic plans with the aim to provide optimal and high-quality services.

Sara Schaafsma, PhD

Consultancy Manager - Green & Sustainable Innovations

Sara is responsible for the Green & Sustainable Innovations consultancy department. She develops and implements the strategic plans with the aim to provide effective and high-quality services, optimize team performance and satisfaction, and accelerate growth.

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Boaz van Driel, PhD

Consultancy Manager - Strategy Practice

As Strategic Consultancy Manager, Boaz is responsible for the development and growth of the Strategy Practice and its consultants. In this role, Boaz oversees the department’s assignments and their contribution to the success of our clients.

Olav Veldhuizen

Manager - Project Management

Olav manages an experienced team of project managers and is responsible for making sure that Catalyze clients maximize their funding post-award, ensuring successful project delivery as well as disseminating project findings to a wide range of stakeholders.

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Nawal Bahia El Idrissi, PhD

Head of Strategic Business Development - Europe

As Head of Strategic Business Development, Nawal leads a strategic business development team and is responsible for the positioning of new strategic services in the market and the achievement of Sales Strategy targets.

Wouter Nuytinck

Head of Business Development - Life Sciences

As Head of Business Development Life Sciences, Wouter works with his team of Business Developers to support our Life Sciences clients with their strategic needs.

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Neeltje Ramnath-Willems

Head of Catalyze Green & Sustainable Innovations

As Head of Catalyze Green & Sustainable Innovations (GSI), Neeltje is responsible for building the overall global strategy, expanding our international network and leading the commercial GSI team.


Myriam Keijzer

Human Resources Manager

Myriam is Manager HR at Catalyze and leads the HR and Recruitment team. She drives development and execution of the People & Culture strategy to achieve company growth, commercial and operational success with highly engaged and motivated employees.

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Peter van den Berghe, PhD

Team Lead - Life Sciences Consultancy

As a Team Lead, Peter leads a team of consultants with whom he joins our clients on their journey from ideas to real solutions with an impact on patients, healthcare and society.

Helen Pothuizen, PhD

Team Lead - Life Sciences Consultancy

As Team Lead, Helen manages a team of consultants and takes lead in preparing complex funding applications. Apart from having a strong focus on providing a high quality service for our clients, she also enjoys empowering her team.

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Heike Schmidlin, PhD

Team Lead - Life Sciences Consultancy

As Team Lead, Heike uses her scientific background and work experience in consultancy and pharmaceutical industries to guide her team in efficiently delivering high quality services and client support.


Leanne Schmidtz, PhD

Team Lead - Life Sciences Consultancy

As Team Lead – Life Sciences, Leanne is responsible for managing a group of talented and dedicated consultants to achieve optimal support for clients and high quality of projects.

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Rosalie Witjas-Paalberends, PhD

Team Lead - Life Sciences Consultancy

In her role as Team Lead, Rosalie can thrive in her passion to translate life sciences to business and society through effective management of a team of 5-7 consultants to develop high impact grant proposals together.

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Rick Kwekkeboom, PhD

Team Lead - Green & Sustainable Innovations Consultancy

As Team Lead – Green & Sustainable Innovations (GSI), Rick and his team of 7 consultants are responsible for the development of funding applications in the GSI sector, mostly focused on sustainability, and the carbon neutral, circular bioeconomy.

Aniek Doesnsen

Team Lead - Strategic Funding Unit

Aniek Doensen is manager of Strategic Funding. The aim of her team is to create an overview of all available funding and finance opportunities and to advise our clients on the best matches to their needs.

Ester Weijers, PhD

Team Lead - Project Management

As Team Lead, Ester and her team are responsible for successful management of a diverse portfolio of projects, including large Horizon projects. Apart from sharing her expertise in grant compliance, she enjoys empowering the professionals in her team.


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